Guide students through their exploration of the Rutherford Scattering
simulation from PhET.
This worksheet guides students to study the Plum Pudding Atom part of the simulation first, followed by analysis of the Rutherford Atom. The goals of this activity are:
• to help students understand the difference between these two early atomic models.
• to build understanding of how scientific research helps develop and refine scientific models.
This activity is designed for NGSS
, supporting the PS1.A Disciplinary Core Idea
through Science and Engineering Practice
of Developing and Using Models
to preview the PhET simulation.